NBC’s “Constantine“, based on DC’s supernaturally-charged Vertigo line “Hellblazer“, didn’t make it beyond it’s initial 2014-2015 season. The series was met with a mixed reception, but everyone seemed to like star Matt Ryan‘s take on lead character John Constantine. Because of this, as well as the property’s potential, efforts were made to save the series. NBC flirted with renewing it, while other networks (CW, TNT, Syfy, etc.) bandied about the idea of picking it up. None of this came to pass and the show officially died a few months ago. Or did it?
While “Constantine” isn’t being revived on television, the character might be. CW’s ever-expanding DC universe has yet to really explore the supernatural, beyond dipping its toes into Ra’s al Ghul’s mystical Lazarus Pit, but that could soon change. And with the supernatural will likely come John Constantine himself. Assuming DC is willing to let them have John and other supernatural heroes and villains, of course. The producers seem optimistic that they will and “Arrow” execute producer Wendy Mericle has gone one step further: if they get access to the Constantine, they want to bring Matt Ryan back to play him…
“Yeah, we really want to do it. It’s something we’ve been talking to DC about and it’s just a question of some political things, but also the actor’s schedule. We’re trying to work it out, but we don’t know 100 percent if it’s going to happen… but we’re really optimistic and we would love to have him.”
Here’s hoping they get the chance. While I ran hot and cold on “Constantine“, Ryan was great in the role and it’d be wonderful to see him continue in it on “Arrow“, as well as sister shows “The Flash” and “Legends of Tomorrow“. Superheroes might be the growing sub-genre on CW right now, but horror has long been the channel’s bread and butter. From “Supernatural” to “The Vampire Diaries” to even DC’s “iZombie“, CW has been a home for televised horror long before the other networks and cable outlets caught on. Tossing a horror-themed hero onto the channel should be a no-brainer, even if he doesn’t come out swinging with his own series.